Annelies D. Visual Arts Specialist, Arts & Culture Industry
JAX may not be immediately recognized as an arts & cultural city, but it should! There are museums, art galleries, and historical and cultural venues for anyone’s taste! My personal favorites are the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Kingsley Plantation – a former estate turned into a historical museum.
Why I #ilovejax
For me, one of the coolest events in the area is the Riverside Arts Market – a weekly outdoor market that takes place under the Fuller Warren Bridge along the St. Johns River. I can buy my fresh produce or piece of art while listening to fun bands play music and eating a tasty lunch bought from a local food truck. It has something for everyone!
You Can Have the Best of All Worlds in JAX
Two of my favorite past times are producing my own art or being involved with the arts … and collecting sharks teeth. In JAX, it’s easy for me to do both. When not focused on my daytime job, you will always find me doing something associated with The Art Center Cooperative, visiting a new exhibit at a gallery or checking out a new event or festival. When I’m not focused on art, you can find me looking for shark’s teeth at Mickler’s Landing beach, just a short 20-minute drive from downtown.
JAX is Right for Me
I moved to JAX from Michigan for a warmer climate and cooler art scene and found it! The weather is perfect for me to enjoy all the outdoor activities the area has to offer. And I have come to see that there is such a close interaction among the arts community with ideas and possibilities always being discussed to make JAX a true arts destination. I am happy to be a part of it!